How to Hygge

Illustration for Mauds House by Jonathan Shackleton (via Little Tail)

Illustration for Mauds House by Jonathan Shackleton (via Little Tail)

Hygge has been a bit of a buzz word this year but not an unfamiliar term to us, in fact you’ll probably find moments in your week where you hygge too! 

Hygge (pronounced hoo-gah) is simply the Norwegian term for wellbeing and cosiness. Mystery solved in all of 5 seconds. So how we individually hygge is actually quite different, some find it in warm coffee shops reading a new novel, others at the local pub with their closest friends and for me I hygge mainly four ways…

  1. Making - Making can be anything for me, whether that's drawing, weaving, stitching or painting as long as what i'm making is made to be enjoyed I feel an instant satisfaction. No matter how 'skilled' you are pick up a pencil or some knitting needles, put on some great music and relax. 
     
  2. Walking - I was going to write exercise, but who am I kidding, the thought of hitting the gym sends shivers down my spine. When I go for a walk I feel completely at ease and since having access to the countryside right on our doorstep i've never felt so peaceful.  Find yourself a nice stretch of path by a canal or through your nearest woods and switch off for a while. Having dogs is great excuse to just get outside day and night, forcing me to take 30 when I need it most. 
     
  3. Cooking - Taking the time to prepare a meal and the ritual of sitting down and enjoying the fruits of your labour is truly satisfying and completely hygge worthy. I love cooking (mostly because I love eating) and researching new recipes to bring our friends and family together around the dinner table, for long chats and much needed catch ups. There's nothing more fulfilling than a full stomach and enjoying a bottle of red with your favourite people.
     
  4. Home - This is the most important. Having a space to call my own is where I feel completely content. I'm admittedly a bit of an introvert and enjoy having time alone to get some headspace, so my surroundings have a great impact on my wellbeing. Most of my free time you can find me lighting a few candles, curling up in a cosy throw, catching up on my favourite blogs or downloading a movie i've been excited to see, all from the comfort of my sofa. That for me is how to hygge.